Monday, 16 January 2017

Book Review ~The Christmas Cake Cafe by Sue Watson - Cosy Read

TITLE - The Christmas Cake Cafe

AUTHOR - Sue Watson

KINDLE EDITION - 258 pages


SYNOPSIS - Heart-warming and hilarious, a story that will make you laugh, cry and bring a smile to your face. Get ready for another deliciously amazing Christmas treat from Sue Watson….

As the Prosecco chills and Bing Crosby croons, Jen Barker just knows that her long-term boyfriend is about to propose. But instead of a diamond ring nestled in her champagne flute, Jen finds cold flat rejection. Her once perfect life and dreams of a husband and family seem even further from reach.

A working holiday to the Swiss Alps with her younger sister Jody might not be the Christmas Jen had it mind, but it offers her the chance to recharge her batteries and recover from heartbreak.

When Jen meets handsome ski instructor Jon Zutter her hopes for a happy-ever-after seem within her grasp again. Jon is kind and gorgeous and as they bond over Sachetorte at the picturesque Cake CafĂ©, Jen thinks he might just be her perfect man. But a relationship with him comes with a catch – and there are some things even cake can’t fix.

As the snow falls and Christmas approaches, could this be the place that restores Jen Barker’s faith in love?


I got into the cosy Christmas read mood, after reading books by Sue Moorcroft and Mandy Baggot, and someone happened to recommend this.

It mainly centres around Jen; Librarian and long term girlfriend. Just when she thinks that her Boyfriend is going to propose, he actually leaves her. She faces a lonely Christmas.

Her Sister Jody, who is her Dad's younger Daughter from his second marriage, tries to persuade Jen to go on a working holiday with her and her friends in the Swiss Alps. Reluctantly she goes, knowing that her Sister and her friends will be on the lookout for ski instructors and parties.

She manages to find herself a job in a little cafe. At night she went to clubs with Jody and her friends and getting into the spirit of things, she clumsily fell about drunk. Then the unexpected happens and a victim of her clumsiness is a handsome ski instructor. The rest you'll have to read for yourself.

This was a great read; light hearted; funny; warm and with a feel good factor. The characters were well written and descriptive with the most amusing personalities. Although the plot line was a little unbelievable and romantic, it was nonetheless most enjoyable.


Sue Watson was a TV Producer with the BBC who combined motherhood and family life with a busy career. However, one day it dawned on Sue that Cosmo magazine may have been telling porkies about 'having it all,' and her life had become a slightly crazed juggling act.

So after much soul searching (and comfort eating) Sue abandoned her TV career, bought a pink laptop and wrote a novel. 'Fat Girls and Fairy Cakes,' tells the story of Stella Weston, whose life is a constant struggle with a nasty boss at work, the weighing scales and being a mum, wife and daughter.

Originally from Manchester, Sue now lives with her husband and teenage daughter in Worcestershire. When she's not toiling over her latest novel, Sue bakes (and eats) cake and enjoys very large tubs of Caramel Chew Chew ice cream all to herself while watching 'The Biggest Loser USA.'

Sue's second book, 'Younger, Thinner, Blonder' was released in October (2013) and her third book 'Love, Lies and Lemon Cake' is released on June 27th 2014.

Follow Sue on Twitter @suewatsonwriter